Noteworthy Items in RBL

In the latest issue of RBL there are two noteworthy reviews: 1. The volume Paul and the Gospels edited by Michael Bird and Joel Willitts is reviewed by Thomas P. Nelligan 2. Gordon Fee’s Revelation commentary in the NCCS series, which Michael Bird and Craig Keener edits, is reviewed by Alexander Stewart.   [Read more...]

Keep the Nomina Sacra in Xmas

  When folks get cranky at me for abbreviating “Christmas” as “Xmas,” I just ask them if they’ve ever heard of the nomina sacra. Usually the answer is “no,” so I explain the potential purposes of nomina sacra in ancient manuscripts. It kinda freaks them out! [Read more...]

Textual Diversity in the Proto-orthodox Churches

A common line in scholarship is about how stifling and intolerant the proto-orthodox churches were towards “other” Jesus literature and “other” forms of Christianity. While the proto-orthodox churches very quickly venerated the four Gospels, this never seems to have meant restricting themselves to reading only the four Gospels. First, the papyri available from the second [Read More...]

The Bird Sayings Tradition in T-Shirt Form

The students at Crossway College provided me with a wonderful farewell gift. It is a t-shirt inscribed with various sayings attributed to me. Now, just like the Jesus tradition, some of the sayings are authentic, some capture the gist of what I said, and others are just flat out apocryphal. [Read more...]

David deSilva’s New Homepage

David deSilva of Ashland Theological Seminary has a new webpage detailing his various scholarly adventures in Hebrews, Revelation, and 4 Maccabees. [Read more...]

N.T. Wright on the Women Bishops Debacle in the Church of England

I must confess that I’m growing weary of the mantra that the failure of the Church of England (COE) to ordain women into the episcopacy is the fault of a few geriatric conservatives among the laity who have been exercising a disproportionate degree of power. For instance, see Sarah Coakley’s piece at ABC Religion and [Read More...]

Book Notice: Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul

Christopher W. Skinner & Kelly R. Iverson (eds.) Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera Atlanta: SBL, 2012. Available at Amazon.com I first came across the work of Fr. Frank Matera while in seminary where I read extensively through Matera’s Ph.D thesis on The Kingship of Jesus: Composition [Read More...]

Ravi Zacharias Meets the Leader of Hamas

This is a very poignant video where Ravi Zacharias tells a story of his meeting with a Hamas leader. [Read more...]

Church of England Rejects Women Bishops … Some Thoughts

The news is in that the COE Synod has rejected a  vote to have women bishops. Read articles at BBC, HuffPost, and CNN for more info. A 2/3 majority was needed to carry the motion. It passed in the house of bishops and house of clergy, but fell short by just six votes in the house of [Read More...]

Sarah Lebhar Hall on Union with Christ

Over at CT is an interesting article by Sarah Lebhar Hall on the frustration of living purposefully ( The Key to a Purposeful Life). She notes how many folks, esp twenty-somethings, fear not fulfilling their ambitions and goals in life. She raises several points on that in relation to union with Christ: If I am united [Read More...]

Con Campbell on Romans no. 5

You have to see the ad with Brad Pitt for Chanel no. 5 to really appreciate it. [Read more...]

Stanley vs. Stanley

Last year at SBL I was sitting with a group of scholars and pastors and someone mentioned the name Andy Stanley who is the Pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta. The three Aussie guys in the room just shrugged their shoulders and said, “Who?” We were then informed that he was the senior [Read More...]

The Future of Evangelical Seminaries

Very interesting article at CT on What is the Biggest Change that Evangelical Seminaries Need to Make Right Now? with contributions from Dan Kimball, Cheryl Sanders, and Winfield Bevins. I liked these thoughts: Dan Kimball on the need for more pathos: If seminary professors could teach preaching and other skills more passionately, seminary students would [Read More...]

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Biblical Studies (Crossway College)

Crossway College (Brisbane, Australia) is looking for a Lecturer in Biblical Studies who will also act as Director of Postgraduate Studies. The applicant should possess a PhD in Old Testament or New Testament, have a publication record and appropriate ministry experience for lecturing students in our degree and postgraduate programs. Duties will include lecturing, student [Read More...]

SPCK offer of Tom Wright Box Set of NT for Everyone Commentaries

SPCK has a special promotion where you can buy a box set of Tom Wright’s New Testament for Everyone Commentaries at a discounted price. This limited edition box set features all 18 volumes from the bestselling New Testament for Everyone series, in canonical order. Here’s what you can expect. . . a refreshed, contemporary design. new [Read More...]


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